Army-Navy Consolidation

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Powtwar Reorganization of Armed Forces

Two basic questions have received principal attention from the special committee set up by the House a year and a half ago to formulate a postwar military policy for the United States: Is universal military training essential to the national security? I Shall the Army and Navy be merged under the single authority of a new government department of national defense?

The first question was answered in the affirmative by the committee, July 5, 1945, in a report which recommended immediate adoption by Congress of a program of universal military training. Compulsory training after the war received unanimous support in testimony before the committee by leaders of the armed services.1 There was no corresponding agreement on consolidation of the Army and ...

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